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08/31/03

Summer Tourism Season Comes To A Close

Quite a few people have hit coast streets and beaches this Labor Day weekend. We caught up with some people making the most of the extended holiday weekend and some vendors who will be closing shop as the summer tourism comes to a close.

The sun peeks out after a Labor Day weekend of hit and miss showers along the Coast.

The stormy weather didn't keep the Willises away from Mississippi's beaches. They drove all the way from west central Arkansas to enjoy the view.

Tweleve-year-old Ryan was overwhelmed to set foot on Biloxi beach.

"It's very exciting. I've never been to an Ocean before. Ooh...it's so exciting, I can't think of any words," Ryan said.

Some visitors, like Kenny Self and his family, checked out coast tourist attractions, like the Biloxi lighthouse.

The extended weekend couldn't last long enough for this Tennessee dad, because he knows what the end of Labor Day holiday means.

"One last summer fling. Get ready to go back to work," Self Said.

As tourists go back to work and school, the summer tourism season comes to a close. A lot of beach businesses, like parasailing, will be shutting down after the Labor Day holiday weekend. 

Despite the summer's rainy weather, many vendors say profits are flying high.

"Summer has been very good for us. We've had a lot of customers, even though the weather has been a little ify here and there, we've been managing to fly almost every single day. We're very happy," said Jim Kiger of Aces High Parasailing.

Jim's parasailing business will close for eight months after business hours Monday. Jim will be working until then, but many along the coast will be riding out the rest of the holiday weekend enjoying the Labor Day break.

Toni Miles

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